How Rev. Seraphim of Sarov helped overcome temptation
Once, Drayev's sister, Praskovya Ivanovna, fell into temptation: she began to indulge, to be bored, to yearn, and she conceived to leave the monastery, but did not know whether to open up to the priest? Suddenly, Father Seraphim sends for her. She enters embarrassed and timid. Batiushka began to talk about himself and his life in the monastery, and then added: "I, mother, went through the whole monastic life and never, below thought, did not leave the monastery." Repeating several times more and citing examples from his past, he completely healed her, so Praskovya Ivanovna testifies in his narrative that, in the continuation of the story, "all my thoughts gradually calmed down, and when my father had finished, I felt such a consolation, as if a sick member cut off by a knife. "
When Praskovya Ivanovna was in the presence of a father in the near desert, Kursk merchants approached him, who drove into Sarov from the Nizhny Novgorod Fair.Before parting, they asked the priest: "What would you say to your brother?" O. Seraphim answered: "Tell him that I pray for him to the Lord and His Most Pure Mother, Day and Night." They departed, and the priest, having raised his hands, repeated with delight several times: "There is no better monastic life, no better!".